International parkrun Day

This week's run report has been written by another of our guest writers, this time by Rose Burchill. Rose is currently half way (week 13 out of 26) through the Volunteer Section of her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Take it away Rose:

Saturday was International parkrun Day and 15 years since the very first parkrun in Bushy Park, London when thirteen runners got together and started an international family that now has 4,059,870 parkrunners. Pomphrey Hill is now one of 1,990 events across 21 countries, all over the world.

You looked great in your milestone t-shirts:
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The weather conditions this week were an improvement from last week and it was a fresh autumn morning! As always, the volunteers looked after everyone very well, a massive thank you to:  
Adrian GRIMSHAW • Ashley TODD • Barbara SULLIVAN • Beverley COLTMAN • Daniel SMITH • David HEMMINGS • Dominic HINCHEY • Evie TODD • Gary WOODRUFF • Haydn TODD • Ian BERRY • Ian JONES • Kevin RICKERBY • Laura SHARPE • Lesley BARRY • Lesley OOSTERBROEK • Lucy POTTER Martyn POOLE • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Michaela CHARLESWORTH • Mike DIMOND-JONES • Ris SCOTT • Rosalyn CASTLE • Rose BURCHILL • Sian HARRIS • Stephen JENKINS • Sue SUTTON • Susan BERRY • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • William LEE
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If you haven't volunteered before and are worried about what it may involve then please look here. Our Future Roster for Volunteering vacancies can be found here. Please email us on if you are able to help. It is great to see new faces and we will make sure you feel fully supported in whatever role you might choose.

Congratulations to this week’s milestone runners; junior runners Alfie Richley and Dexter Bryan completed their 10th parkruns, Andy Parfitt completed his 50th parkrun and Richard Helliar completed his 100th parkrun!
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First over the finish line this week was Lee Gawler in a time of 17:30. The first lady (and also the first junior) was Danni Sinclair (JW15-17) who came 9th with a new PB of 20:42. 290th PH parkrun 032
There were an amazing 65 PB’s this week and there were 37 first timers at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. We welcomed tourists from Bournemouth, Cardiff and Ipswich and we hope they’ll come back to run with us again!


Thank you, Rose.  A fabulous run report! 

There were a lot of wonderful and heartwarming things to see at Pomphrey this week from Rose W, 6, who ran her first parkrun with cuddly companion Jelly in hand.  She didn't stop beaming for the entire 5k!  Then there was Louisa, 3, who came to Pomphrey to cheer on her Mum. Louisa stood at the side of the path near the Pomphrey sign and held out her little hand for high fives. She had lots of encouragement from her dad to hold her hand higher and runners crossed the path and almost queued to tap her hand while she yelled "Great job!" to everyone passing.  We're looking forward to seeing Louisa encouraging her mum (and everyone else) again soon.

Upcoming Events

19th October is our Autumn Pacer Day. If you would like to volunteer to pace then please let us know what time you do.  If you would like to be involved email to

26th October is our annual Halloween Themed event.  Costumes are welcome!

See you again soon,
Ris Scott
Co-Event Director

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 290
5th October 2019

This week 311 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Laura SHARPE • Michaela CHARLESWORTH • Adrian GRIMSHAW • Lesley OOSTERBROEK • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • William LEE • Ian JONES • Rose BURCHILL • Sian HARRIS • Ris SCOTT • Lucy POTTER • Daniel SMITH • Ashley TODD • Stephen JENKINS • Dominic HINCHEY • Susan BERRY • Ian BERRY • Sue SUTTON • David HEMMINGS • Rosalyn CASTLE • Lesley BARRY • Beverley COLTMAN • Martyn POOLE • Barbara SULLIVAN • Gary WOODRUFF • Haydn TODD • Evie TODD • Kevin RICKERBY • Mike DIMOND-JONES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,917 participants have completed 68,708 parkruns covering a total distance of 343,540 km, including 12,738 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,032 individuals have volunteered 6,599 times.